Silas and Efrem with the guys.
UN
MK2MK

What do these have in common: a girl from Orlando who grew up in Hungary and Romania, another who was raised in Slovenia currently interning there with Cru, and a guy who grew up in Lesotho and Zimbabwe who does water engineering work in Iraq? They are all "missionary kids" with unique skills and experiences who traveled to the French staff conference to hold a special program for our own missionary kids - MK2MK. The team, as insiders who understand, helped the eleven children attending understand their uniqueness as third culture children. They delved into themes like coping with transition and processing through grief. Silas said, "It was nice to be with Christians who live out their faith, and super interesting to learn about a part of who I am." He also enjoyed their Bible study, specifically learning how the Bible has unity. Efrem says he learned "that you need to process through unresolved grief." These are weighty subjects! When we asked what they would say to a staff child who wasn't sure about attending Silas was quick to respond, "It's totally worth it, not only on the social level but also learning about who you are and who God is." As for Efrem, he was more practical with his advice - "You should go, but don't bring any snacks!" The team had brought a suitcase full of candy and t-shirts for the kids. We are so thankful for Katie, Sarah and Michael's willingness to travel to France, even taking their vacation time to serve our children in their unique way. MK2MK hosts missions trips specifically for these third culture kids, who are so uniquely suited to serve in foreign cultures. Maybe one day Silas and Efrem can participate!

Dan preparing the morning snack.

Praises

  • for the MK2MK team who offered a special program at the French staff conference.
  • for Dan's time of sabbatical this month.

Please pray

  • that Silas and Efrem keep growing spiritually and apply what they learned with MK2MK.
  • for growth in our emotional intelligence.
  • for wisdom and guidance in Dan's future roles with Cru in France.
Playing in the worship band.
The three Workman guys playing in the worship band.
MK2MK group shot.
The unique and wonderful group of staff teenagers whose parents are from France, USA, Chile, Korea and the UK.
MK2MK program.
The countries that shape the lives of the volunteers in the MK2MK program.
DEUX
EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE

Did you know that while your IQ is fairly locked in place from childhood, your emotional intelligence, EQ, can grow all your life! This was the theme studied at this year's French staff conference. Emotional intelligence is defined as the ability to understand your and others' emotions and how they affect what we do. Cain received the first emotional intelligence lesson in Genesis 4 when God asked him, "Why are you angry, and why is your face fallen?" Emotional intelligence affects how you see yourself, manage stress, make decisions and relate with others. One simple and eye opening suggestion was to pay close attention to our self-talk, the stream of thoughts constantly running through our mind. This is often more negative than positive and riddled with conjecture or untruths. Our self-talk is an important domain to allow the Lord's grace and truth shine! If we all grow toward emotional adulthood, our relationships would dramatically improve.

Our Signatures

La Lumiere
February, 2017
Dan and May in the sun.
UN
A BIG CHALLENGE

My dear wife has threatened to lock me out of my work email account and change the password - but only for the month of March. That might be a little extreme, but I didn't know the amplitude of the challenge I'm getting into. Normally Cru allows staff a sabbatical every eight years. It's been 15 years now and I'm finally getting around to taking one. A sabbatical can be described as a break from work to concentrate on a particular aspect in our walk with God. My goals are: to be refreshed in my relationship with the Lord, to rest, and to find direction for my roles with Cru in France. Having taken a step back from the local campus ministry this year, it seems an appropriate time to listen and evaluate. The month of March is the first phase, when I will be challenged to truly slow down, connect with the Lord, and charge my batteries. It's going to be a challenge. That phase will be followed by seeking direction, where I envision myself listening, then placing the needs and wants before the Lord. The big question is how I - as the unique person he has made - can have the most impact for his Kingdom in France. I'm excited for this time ahead and looking forward to seeing how God will lead. Would you please pray with me for guidance and wisdom as we look to the future? Thank you!

Silas turns 16!

Praises

  • for the opportunity to have a sabbatical.
  • that we've made enough progress to complete our focus on support..

Please pray

  • for the national staff conference that's taking place this week (13-18th), and for the special program planned for staff kids.
  • for wisdom and guidance in Dan's future roles with Cru in France.
Silas ironing, learning life skills.
Silas learning life skills. His concert shirts have to be ironed!
Efrem playing the bass.
Efrem having fun on Dan's bass guitar.
DEUX
SILAS

Silas turned 16 last month. When we first left for France he was 8 months old. It's pretty amazing to think about how different his life is from a typical teenager in the US. He hasn't even started the process for getting his driver's license, the age for that is 18 in France. Only two-thirds pass the driving test the first time, with the costs of driving school at around $1,770. Silas' high school has no basketball or football teams, in fact no organized sports at all. There are no school dances. During their three short years there, students mostly prepare for the grueling end of high school written and oral test called the bac. Most of Silas' courses are taught in French, but since he's in an international section, some are also in English. He studies German too. We don't have a television, but if we did Silas wouldn't have time to watch it anyway. Silas has three music classes (harmony, writing and rhythm) plus violin, orchestra and chamber music at the conservatory. His past two weekends were completely taken up by orchestra rehearsals and concerts. Silas rides the city bus to and from school, often carrying his violin in addition to his backpack. His earbuds pump even more classical music into his head, but their absence certainly doesn't mean the music stops. Silas is constantly humming or singing the notes to something, a built-in radio that likely provides a soundtrack to his dreams at night.

Our Signatures